We all know that electric skateboards aren’t cheap.

I’ve bought boards for thousands of dollars. But before you go cry in the woods about how much you’ll have to save, there is a small glimmer of hope for those of us who are broke.

At what price is an electric skateboard considered cheap or on a budget?

The average price of an e-board is between $600 and $1,500, but some high-end boards can cost more than $2,000.

Having a budget means buying anything for less than $500.

So, if you want to save money, look for something between $375 and $550.

Are Lower Priced Boards Worse In Performance And Quality?

Many people think that the word “cheap” means low cost and low quality. And that is true to some extent.

I was in the market for a new laptop not long ago. I bought a $200 Chromebook, but I had to send it back because it was poorly made and didn’t work well. Later, I went to Best Buy and bought a $650 Dell Inspiron that I immediately fell in love with. The difference in speed, hardware, display, and power was really amazing…

The truth is that you won’t get the quality and performance you deserve if you don’t pay the price.

“Cheap is more expensive” is a phrase you may have heard. That’s because cheap parts, materials, and products break easily and fail on you much more quickly, costing you (and your wallet) more in the long run.

But I’ve found some rough diamonds. Low-cost electric skateboards that are well made and perform as well as or better than high-end brands.

I have found that these cheaper boards cost between $400 and $500. Find out which boards I’m talking about by scrolling down!

But if you want to buy an electric skateboard and spend as little money as possible, listen to my warning…

There are a lot of really cheap, unbranded boards in the $100-$200 range that are of terrible quality. Many of these can be found on Amazon. You can’t buy a board for so little money and expect it to work well.

If you buy the cheapest electric skateboard on Amazon, it will be a waste of your money and time, and you’ll wonder, “Why did I even get this thing?”

What are some brands that are less expensive?

Before we talk about which boards you should get, here are some brands that usually make boards for less money that still work well.

On the list below, you’ll find a lot of these brands.

  • Ownboard
  • Meepo
  • WowGo
  • Backfire
  • Blitzart
  • Maxfind

If there’s one thing you notice about these brands, it’s that most, if not all, of them come from China. Many of them run their businesses and ship from mainland China, which is why they can sell at much lower prices.

Where can you buy cheap high-end boards?

Here are a few things you can do if you’re still set on getting a high-end brand or board for whatever reason and want to buy it for less. Make good use of these tips:

  1. Search eBay – A great place to buy new and used items. Brands like Boosted and Evolve sell for a few hundred dollars less than their usual price, even though they are brand new.
  2. Buy Used – If you buy a used board, it will have to cost less. It’s a great investment as long as it doesn’t have too much wear and tear.
  3. Phone A Friend – Friends are very helpful in almost every situation. If you have a friend who is willing to sell you a used board, it’s likely that they will give you a discount because you’re a friend.
  4. Use Reddit – The whole point of this Reddit thread is to buy and sell electric skateboards. And if you’re smart about it, you can get some pretty good deals! Just make sure to sign up for Reddit and check it often. Don’t be afraid to send someone a private message asking for a lower price.

You can buy 12 of the best cheap e-boards.

Now is the time for which you’ve been waiting. Not only will these boards save you money, but I’m sure you’ll also enjoy them.

Remember that price doesn’t have to mean that quality has to go down!

Ownboard W1S

Retail Price: $379

Since the beginning, I’ve been a fan of Ownboard, and I can’t say enough good things about their boards, especially the W1S.

The deck is shaped like a longboard and comes with a carrying handle. At $379, this board is a steal for how well it works.

  • Top Speed: 25 mph
  • Range: 12 miles (can be upgraded)
  • Incline Rate: 30%

The standard range of 12 miles is fine, but if you need more, you can just buy a Samsung 6.0 AH battery for $419 to get 14 miles or a Samsung 8.0 AH battery for $549 to get 19 miles.

The deck is 38 inches long, flexible, and made in a longboard style, which makes it much easier to ride than stiff decks and styles.

The remote and throttle are easy to use and make it easy to start, stop, and speed up.

When I opened it up when it got here, I could tell it wasn’t some cheap piece of junk. It’s really well made.

Again, for a base model that costs less than $400, I’m sure you could find this money.

Ownboard Mini KT

Retail Price: $379

The great thing about Ownboard is that a lot of their boards sell for the same price, $379. The Mini KT is the same.

The W1S and the Mini KT both have the same performance features:

  • Top Speed: 25 mph
  • Range: 12 miles (can be upgraded)
  • Incline Rate: 30%

The Mini KT has a 30-inch deck, which makes it smaller, lighter, and easier to carry than the big, heavy boards that many people ride these days.

It weighs a little less than 17 pounds, which is pretty nice!

Even though it is smaller and lighter, it still has a lot of power, which you will notice as you go uphill.

My street is very steep, going up at an angle of 30 degrees. But the Mini KT gives the hill what for… No, really, it just rolls up the whole thing.

I don’t like how stiff its deck is, but that’s just a matter of taste. This board is great and inexpensive.

Backfire G2

Retail Price: $409

A little while ago, I learned about the Backfire from all the buzz I was reading about it on Reddit.

  • Top Speed: 24 mph
  • Range: 12.5 miles
  • Incline Rate: 20%

They have both cheap and expensive boards, but when I tried the G2 for the first time, I knew it had to be in this article.

Even though it says it’s for beginners, it’s still pretty powerful, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. The deck is pretty versatile, and the range is good (I got about 11.5 miles on a charge).

Even though Backfire said it could only do 20 percent hill climbing, the power is definitely there. I found that it could go up even the steepest hills!

As the video above says, this board isn’t just for people who are just starting out.

Meepo V3

Retail Price: $379

Meepo is a lot like brands like Ownboard and WowGo. The boards are so similar that I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t all come from the same factory!

The V3 is a cheap and longboard from Meepo. But don’t get the wrong idea, this thing is a beast.

  • Top Speed: 28 mph
  • Range: 11 miles (can be upgraded to 20 miles)
  • Incline Rate: 30%

Just look at that maximum speed… That’s crazy, 28 mph!

Meepo is so fast and can move so quickly that it’s kind of scary.

A year ago, I met up with a group of e-skaters. One of the people there talked about how fast his Meepo was. He wasn’t kidding when he said this thing was hot, even though it wasn’t the V3. I’m pretty sure he could keep up with most cars on the road.

The V3 has a range of 11 miles, which can be upgraded to an extended range (ER) of 20 miles for a total retail price of $579.

Even with all of its awards and specs, this is by far the most popular Meepo board that we recommend you pick.

Meepo Mini 2

Retail Price: $379

If you don’t like longboard decks and want something smaller and easier to carry, you can also buy the Meepo Mini 2, which costs the same as the V3.

With the same specs as the V3, this 20-inch deck is a great back-up.

  • Top Speed: 29 mph
  • Range: 11 miles (can be upgraded to 20 miles)
  • Incline Rate: 30%

But since the deck is smaller and stiffer, going too fast on this thing is a big risk. If you hit a rock while going 29 mph, you’ll be thrown into the road and hurt a lot.

Meepo is a good person, no matter what. A good choice for anyone who wants to save money on e-skating.

WowGo Mini

Retail Price: $379

It is only 28 inches long, making it the shortest board on the list.

It’s so small that you might think it was made just for kids. But this tiny board, which is only 15 pounds and can hold up to 330 pounds of weight, can be used by even the heaviest humans and adults.

This board can carry and hold something that is 22 times its own weight. This makes it the strongest board on this list, pound for pound. If people were as strong as this board, the average man could lift about 4,000 pounds.

Not bad!

  • Top Speed: 23 mph
  • Range: 12 miles (Can be upgraded)
  • Incline Rate: 30%

Depending on how much money you are willing to spend, there are two ways to increase the range from 12 miles to 14 miles or 19 miles.

Wowgo is another Chinese company that makes six different e-boards. Four of them cost $500 or less. Again, these boards are very cheap and of great quality.

Even though the Mini is great, choose the next WowGo board on the list if you want to buy one.

WowGo 3

Retail Price: $499

The WowGo 3 is another 38-inch deck. It is right on the edge of what many people would call a “cheap electric skateboard.”

I almost chose the WowGo 2S for this spot, but it’s pretty much the same thing as the Mini, just in longboard form.

When compared to other models, the Model 3 has more power, which is clear during a ride test. This is because the model 3 has a turbo mode that gives it 55% more power and torque.

It’s more expensive than most of the other boards on this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good.

  • Top Speed: 24 mph
  • Range: 14 miles (can be upgraded to 20 miles)
  • Incline Rate: 30%

Blitzart Huracane

Retail Price: $289

When I first heard about Blitzart, it was because it was one of the few boards that could be bought on Amazon. Even though I sometimes have doubts about how good they are, the Hurracane should still be in the top 12 cheapest boards.

First, the boards are really, really cheap.

The $289 retail price seems too good to be true, and you shouldn’t be willing to go any lower. Anything less than that will be really bad.

  • Top Speed: 17 mph
  • Range: 8 miles
  • Incline Rate: 15%

It doesn’t have the best specs, but that’s because it’s better for kids, though adults can ride it without any trouble.

But when you consider that it costs less than $300, it’s pretty good. On average, I move around on all of my other boards at a speed of 17 mph. The range could be a little bit better, and it works better on a flat surface, but I’ll take it!

This board also ships from the United States, which means it will get to you much faster and with better service than some of those Chinese companies.

Acton Blink S-R

Retail Price: $399

The Bltzart is the same, but it costs an extra $110.

For obvious reasons, I like Acton’s Bling S-2 and Blink Quatro much better than this board. However, this board is still on the list.

  • Top Speed: 16 mph
  • Range: 7 miles
  • Incline Rate: 15%

If you weigh more than 220 pounds, you shouldn’t buy the board because it can only hold up to that much.

But it’s a great board for people who weigh less. Since I’m on the heavier side, I had a friend try it out, and he really liked it.

Maxfind Max 2

Retail Price: $449

Maxfind was one of the first boards I heard about when I got into electric skateboarding. It was the first and only diamond-cut board in the world.

The company is Chinese, but they have great customer service and support, and they ship faster than other Chinese companies (3-5 day delivery)!

  • Top Speed: 20 mph
  • Range: 15 miles
  • Incline Rate: 25%

The Max 2’s looks might be the coolest thing about it, not its specs. The company says that the design was based on the sharp lines of Cadillac cars. The bottom of the board is printed with carbon fiber and has beautiful triangle patterns.

This board does look a little bit like a sports car.

The battery is also a big step up from the competition because it only needs 2 hours to be fully charged. And unlike other e-boards, this one has a dustproof and waterproof rating of IP65, which means it can handle a few splashes of water and keep going.

Skatebolt Tornado II

Retail Price: $519

Three or four years ago, Skatebolt was a much more well-known brand. In terms of popularity, they are not as popular as they used to be.

Even if you don’t want to admit it, the Tornado II is still a great board.

  • Top Speed: 25 mph
  • Range: 22 miles
  • Incline Rate: 25%

A 22 mile range? Are you kidding me!?

That’s so good it’s crazy! The board also comes with a remote with a high-tech LCD screen that shows speed mode, battery capacity, and other things.

The board also comes with a pair of taillights in the back to make you more visible to people behind you and make it safer. But this makes me wonder why the hell they didn’t add front headlights?

Even though the Tornado II is a good board, I have heard a lot of bad things about Skatebolt as a company. First of all, it’s not easy to find the website (its address is skatebolt.com). Second, forget about any help with customer service or support. People who have problems with their board have told me they can’t get in touch with anyone.

So you’re on your own if you need help shopping for repairs or parts for your current Skatebolt.

Swagtron Swagskate NG2

Retail Price: $399

Swagtron is a well-known and often underrated brand that sells more than just electric skateboards (ie, electric scooters, hoverboards, and electric bikes).

But we’re going to talk about their 900-watt NG2 model here.

  • Top Speed: 18 mph
  • Range: 11 miles
  • Incline Rate: 15%

The specs don’t look too bad, but the maximum weight is 220 lbs. If you’re on the heavier side, speed and range won’t be as good as they could be.

I love that this board has a cruise control, which is something that a lot of new boards don’t have. With the remote, you can choose how fast you want to go and, with the push of a button, the car will stay at that speed.